US presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and former chairman and CEO of Hewlett Packard, speaks at a Center for Strategic and International Studies forum titled "Smart Women, Smart Power" in Washington April 6, 2015.
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Carly Fiorina fails to secure domain name, leads to ‘unhappy’ gaffe


On Monday morning, the former AT&T executive and ousted Hewlett-Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina, officially announced she is running for president in a video announcement on her new 2016 campaign website:

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The kickoff seemed to be going smoothly. The Republican candidate tweetedposted on Facebook and scheduled a Periscope chat.

Then this happened:

Unhappy faces illustrate how many people Carly Fiorina laid off at Hewlett-Packard.

The domain, which Fiorina failed to register, carried this message: “I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard. It was this many:” followed by an endless scroll of unhappy-face emojis – 30,000 to be exact.

“That’s 30,000 people she laid off. People with families. And what does she say she would have done differently?”

If Fiorina wants to avoid another blunder she better move fast – the domain is on the auction block available to buy on domain purchasing site is already registered by an unknown owner.

Fiorina joins Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in the amateur gaffe club for website launches. On the day of his launch, the homepage of splashed the words “Support President Obama. Immigration Reform Now!” The Republican senator had only secured Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul needed a little spell-check help with his campaign website: the education page misspelled the word education.